Great White Shark caught in Corsica and other Shark Records from France

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
09. September 2012

A great white shark from Corsica (Specimen No.1) and
two additional noteworthy recent shark records (Specimen No. 2 and 3) from France.

SPECIMEN NO. 1

Date: late August 2012.
Location: Calvi, Haute-Corse Department, Corsica, France.
Species: Great white shark ( Carcharodon carcharias ).
Size: ca. 2 metres in length, 100 kg in weight.

A new record from the western Mediterranean Sea.

We have received the news from the Corsica – Mediterranean Shark Research Group that a juvenile great white shark ( Carcharodon carcharias ) was recently caught in a fishing net off the French island of Corsica.

According to a report by Vincent Maliet, the catch of the young white shark occurred in late August 2012 off Punta Revellata in the commune of Calvi. This place is located on the northwest coast of Corsica Island (see map below).

Fisherman Toussaint Lunardi took the photo of the shark which is pictured below. The size of the male specimen is estimated to be over 2 metres in length and 100 kg in weight.

Note:

Previous Records/Sightings of the Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
from the Mediterranean Region in 2011-2012

03.August 2012 : Great White Shark filmed off French Riviera

05. August 2011 : Great White Shark caught in Adriatic Sea

01. July 2011 : White shark spotted in Italy off Capraia Island in the Tuscan Archipelago

Source: Corsica – Groupe de Recherche sur les Requins de Méditerranée
Photo Credit: Toussaint Lunardi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPECIMEN NO. 2

Date: 06. September 2012
Location: Brittany, France.
Species: Porbeagle shark ( Lamna nasus ).
Size: said to be ca. 2 metres in length.

The porbeagle died after it washed ashore at Damgan in the Morbihan department of Brittany
in north-western France.

Source: Le Telegramme.
Photo Credit: Bertrand Le Bagousse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPECIMEN NO. 3

Date: 21. August 2012
Location: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône Department, southern France.
Species: Thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus ).
Size: said to be 4 metres long.

A record from the Mediterranean Sea.

The specimen was caught by two recreational fishermen while fishing for tuna.

Source and Photo Credit: La Provence.

 

8 Comments

  1. Angel

    I just can not understand why do you catch a Shark if you are out there to fish Tuna.
    Recreational fisherman exactly konws the difference if they hooked a tuna or shark. Still they killed the shark anyway.
    It is like going to for duck hunting and killing a deer.
    As long as you hunt something… So it is not for the animal.. it is for the hunting. The pleasure of hunting…
    God bless you people.. In this time of humanity, you still enjoy pure hunting.. no matter want you hunt..
    Brave man !

    • yuui

      I don’t know how people can be so idiotic and harm other species for no reason whatsoever. It’s because of people hunting for fun that so many species have become endangered or extinct. Sharks are on their way to extinction, too, and that is NOT a good thing. Just because they have many rows of sharp teeth and are known predators of the oceans does not mean they ever harm people and that they are a threat. Sharks do not taste good, I bet, so there is not reason to fish for them only to cut off their fins and throw the rest of the body away. I’m sure people wouldn’t like that to happen to them, and humans are more harmful then sharks ever will be. So why hunt or kill these ancient species? There isn’t a reason.

    • Hi Angel, Could you contact me if you read this comment? My email is ilukas@gmx.de, I am a marine biologist and I have been reading a couple of your comments about great whites in the Med. I’d like to get in touch, because of a recent study project of mine.

      Cheers,

      Lukas

    • Hi Angel, Could you contact me if you read this comment? My email is ilukas @ gmx.de, I am a marine biologist and I have been reading a couple of your comments about great whites in the Med. I’d like to get in touch, because of a recent study project of mine.

      Cheers,

      Lukas

    • Hi Angel, Could you contact me if you read this comment? My email is” ilukas at gmx . de ” , I am a marine biologist and I have been reading a couple of your comments about great whites in the Med. I’d like to get in touch, because of a recent study project of mine.

      Cheers,

      Lukas

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